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The Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial was erected in memory of the Tunku's deeds and contributions as the Father of Independence and the first Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1957 to 1970. Officially opened by Y.A.B. Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 11 November 1994, the memorial exhibits the Tunku's legacy ranging from documents, photographs, gifts, newspaper cuttings, clothing and furniture. A screening area shows films/audio-visuals on the Tunku.

The exhibition is divided into themes for the convenience of visitors who wish to get to know the personality of the late Tunku. The themes include Tunku and the Mass Media, Tunku's Concept/Philosophy and Tunku's Biography. Also exhibited is the old building housing the Tunku's office when he was Premier. .

The memorial displays heritage related to Tunku, which has been preserved and made available for research. It comprises three main buildings, viz. the Residency and a new annexe on each side of it. The latter - Block A and Block B - were built to house the exhibition, storage and work areas.


i) Lower Level

It serves as an introduction to the memorial exhibition which is presented in the form of slides. The theatrette seats 36 people.

This permanent exhibition comprises media reports from New Straits Times (M) Bhd, Utusan Melayu (M) Group, Tamil Nesan (M) Sdn Bhd, Nanyang Siang Pau (M) Bhd, The Sarawak Tribune (M) Sdn Bhd and the international media.

ii) Level One

This exhibition covers the Tunku's biography as well as that of Tun Sharifah Rodziah presented in audio-visual form, photographs, artefacts and documents.

iii) Level Two

  • Auditorium
    The auditorium is used for lectures, screening of films, presentations, seminars, etc. It is equipped for screening films and videos and can seat 220 people.
  • Concourse
    The concourse is for temporary exhibitions which change from time to time.

iv) Level Three


This permanent exhibition showcases the Tunku's philosophy in life which incorporates peace and harmony, humanitarianism, freedom, democracy and nation-building. The exhibits are presented in audio-visual form, photographs, artefacts and original documents.








i) Lower Level

The Library and Research Hall is near the entrance for easy access by researchers. It can seat 30 people.





ii) Level One

  • 'Kartunku' Exhibition
    This is a display of cartoons related to the Tunku from newspaper cuttings and magazines.
  • Repository
    The repository is used for keeping and safeguarding materials from physical deterioration and other hazards.

iii) Level Two

  • Administration
    This level houses the office, meeting room, prayer room and cafeteria.

iv) Level three

The old office of the late Tunku when he was Prime Minister.



The Residency is a historic place for the Tunku and it was his wish to turn it into a "National Treasure". It was the residence of the first Chief Minister of the Malaya, the first Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya and the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The late Tunku Abdul Rahman lived here from 1956 to 1970 when he retired as Prime Minister.


i) Lower Level

  • Souvenir Shop
    The shop sells souvenirs and publications related to the Tunku.

ii) Level two

This is a carving of the Tunku's image in black granite. There are also 32 pieces of black stones with inscriptions of important events in the life and times of the Tunku.





iii) Level Three

  • Document on the Declaration of Independence
    The document is a black granite inscription in Malay, written in the Jawi script while the English version is in Roman script.

Visiting Time

Tuesday till Thursday
10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
3.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Monday (except Public Holiday and School Holiday)
Admission is Free.
Jalan Dato Onn,
Tel. No : 03-26947277
Fax. No : 03-26947187


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